What is it?
How do you find it?
How do you keep it?
Recently, I've thought more about happiness than usual. Finding happiness and keeping happiness seem harder than ever.
I certainly don't have all the answers to what happiness means, how to find it, and how to keep it, but I know I want to be happy.
There are books and books and websites on happiness. I've read some but I've thought more.
Here's what I think I know.
Happiness comes not from accumulating things but from developing relationships.
Happiness comes not from being somebody but from helping someone else up.
Happiness is not an end in itself but a result of being involved in something meaningful beyond yourself.
Happiness does not mean that you don't hurt or grieve or suffer.
Happiness comes because you care about making the world a better place.
School superintendents are supposed to be focused on outcomes and test results and curriculum and budgets. I focus on those. I recognize that those are important.
But, more importantly, I want to focus on serving my family, my school district, my students, my staff, and my community. If I do that - happiness will find me.